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Geography Department: DSB Campus, Nainital

The department of Geography is one of the oldest and internationally recognized departments established in the year 1951 as a part of DSB Government Post Graduate College, and since 1973 it is functioning as one of the premier departments of the University. The Department has the honour of organizing Scientific Symposium of 21st International Geography Congress [IGC] of the International Geographical Union [IGU] in 1968; and hosting the first International Summer School on Land Use Studies in association with Aligarh Muslim University in 1965. The Department is equipped with state of art Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System [GIS] Lab. The Department has been playing a very significant role in the creation and dissemination of state-of-art new knowledge in various emerging issues of global to local significance, such as the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]; Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation; Water, Health, Livelihood and Food Security; Disaster Risk Reduction; Gender Mainstreaming; Natural Resource Management, Green and Resilient Urban Growth, Institutions and Governance with a specific focus on Sustainable Mountain Development in context of the Indian Himalayan Region [IHR]. The Department is promoting wider applications of the emerging and frontier areas of science and technology, particularly Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System [GIS] and Global Positioning System [GPS] both in teaching-learning and research.


Department is collaborating with a large number of Universities and Institutions of excellences across the world in the above-mentioned thrust areas through international projects supported by the Australian Agency for International Development [AUSAID]; Ministry of Education, Japan; Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [NORAD]; Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative; French Ministry of Research; Ganges Water and Land Ecosystem [WLE] Programme of Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research [CGIAR]; International Water Security Network [ISWN]; Indian Himalaya Climate Change Adaptation Programme [IHCAP] of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation [SDC]; UK India Education and Research Initiative [UKIERI] of the British Council; International Urban Climate Change Research Network [UCCRN)]; International City Management Association [ICMA]; United States Agency for International Development [USAID]; the Finland Research Council; and Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research [APN], Japan.


The Department of Geography is one of the Lead Partner institutions of the multi-institutional collaborative Educational and Research Capacity Building Project on 'Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Arctic and High Mountain Areas' [SUNRAISE] along-with nine Universities of excellence in Europe, funded by the European Union [EU]. The Department is also one of the partners of international collaborative project on 'Urban Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Across Hindu Kush Himalaya' with Yale University, USA; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD], Nepal; and University of British Columbia, Canada, funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], USA. Besides, the Department is also implementing joint field-based Educational and Research Programme with the University of Bergen, Norway supported by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education [SIU]. The Department is also participating in International Multi-stakeholder 'Global Challenges Programme' with Newcastle University, the United Kingdom sponsored by the Royal Society, UK.


Besides, the Department is also contributing towards the dissemination of the state of art recent knowledge created through international collaboration to a range of stakeholders including higher education faculty, researchers, policy planners and community-based institutions through organizing conferences, seminars, dissemination workshops, training courses, capacity building programmes and other outreach events from time to time. The Department has some of the best faculty members and researchers of the country who are not only involved as Member of Steering Committee of various international organizations, such as different Commissions of the International Geographical Union [IGU] and Global Mountain Commission [GMC], but also serve as Resource Pool of Experts and Consultants for a large number of National Training and Research Institutions and Government Agencies. The Faculty members of the Department have been making a remarkable contribution towards building the new generation of enthusiastic researchers, and many Doctoral Students of the Department have had the opportunity of participating in a number of International Training Programmes and Summer Schools in the institutions of repute in Taiwan, Switzerland and Austria during the recent years. The Department has organized a number of International Conferences, Seminars and Workshop during the recent past sponsored by the apex international and national agencies, and attended by the leading experts of the world. The Department is also the headquarters of the Himalayan Geographical Association which publishes the Journal of 'Regional Science and Development'.


Head of Department

Name : Dr. P. C. Tewari

Phone : 9410941117

Email : pctiwari@yahoo.com

Professor Prakash C. Tiwari is currently chairing the Department of Geography, DSB Campus, Kumaun University, Nainital. He also worked as Assistant Director [Micro Regional Planning] at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj [NIRDPR], Government of India, Hyderabad. Professor Tiwari is a Mountain Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist; and have worked with various national and international organizations in India and abroad in these fields. Professor Tiwari has implemented a number of multi-institutional collaborative research projects sponsored by international organizations including Australian Agency for International Development [AUSAID]; Ministry of Education, Japan; Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [NORAD]; International Water Management Institute [IWMI]; Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research [APN]; British Council under the UK India Education and Research Initiative [UKIERI]; Finland Research Council; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD]; and apex national agencies including Department of Science and Technology [DST], Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO], Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change [MOEFCC], Government of India; University Grants Commission [UGC] and Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR], New Delhi.


Professor Tiwari has been involved as 'Knowledge Partner' in the 'Indian Himalaya Climate Change Adaptation Programme' [IHCAP] of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation [SDC] and 'Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience' [HI-AWARE] Project of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD] and Canada International Development Research Centre [IDRC]. He also worked as 'Climate Change Expert' in Indo-US Project jointly implemented by Urban Climate Change Research Network [UCCRN] and International City Management Association [ICMA] under the International City Link Programme, supported by United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and Consultant to the International Water Security Network [ISWN] Project. Professor Tiwari is a Professional Mentor to the International Academic Programme for 'Creating a Flexible, Enduring and Peaceful Global Society' [TAOYAKA] of Hiroshima University, Japan. He is one of the Lead Authors of Hindu Kush Himalaya Monitoring and Assessment Programme [HIMAP] of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD], Kathmandu, Nepal. Professor Tiwari is also Coordinator of Himalayan University Consortium [HUC] at Kumaun University, Nainital. Currently, Professor Tiwari is collaborating with some of the top-ranking universities of North America and Europe as Lead Indian Partner in multi-institutional international projects on 'Sustainable Urban Development in Hindu Kush Himalaya' funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], USA; Sustainable Natural Resource Use in the Arctic and High Mountains [SUNRAISE] supported by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 Programme on Capacity Building in Higher Education [CBHE]; and joint Field-based 'Educational and Research Programme' on Water Conservation sponsored by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education [SIU].


Professor Tiwari was awarded 'Invitation Fellowship' of Japan Society for Promotion of Science [JSPS], and worked as 'JSPS Fellow' at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan during 2012-2013. Professor Tiwari won the highest international fellowship - 'Mercator Fellowship' - of German Research Foundation [DFG], and worked as 'Mercator Professor' at Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany during 2007-2008. He was also awarded 'Guest Professor Fellowship' of German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD], and worked as 'DAAD Guest Professor' at the University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany in 2002. Professor Tiwari has been two-time 'Shastri Fellow' of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute [SICI], Canada; and worked at University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada in 2005, and at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in 1997. Professor Tiwari was appointed as 'Visiting Professor' at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK; the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden; University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria; and University of Turku, Turku, Finland; and 'Visiting Scientist' at University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany from time to time. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of European Land-use Institute [ELI], Bonn, Germany; and member of the Scientific Steering Committee [SSC] of the Commission on 'Cold and High Altitude Regions' [CHAR] of the International Geographical Union [IGU]. Professor Tiwari is involved with Global Mountain Commission [GMC], Switzerland; Mountain Research Initiative [MRI], Switzerland; Mountain Forum [MF]; Mountain Partnership [MP]; and Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study [MAIRS], at the Chinese Academy of Sciences [CAS], Beijing, China. He has been 'Fellow' of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change [UGEC] and Earth System Governance [ESG] Project of International Human Dimension Programme [IHDP]. Currently, Professor Tiwari is acting as the Chief Editor of International Journal of Geography and Regional Planning; and Member of the Editorial Boards of 'International Soil and Water Conservation Research' [ISWCR] of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation [WASWC]; International Journal of 'Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems' [CASES], and International Journal of 'Global Innovations in Agricultural and Social Sciences'.


Courses Offered:

The department offers a range of courses in all prominent and emerging streams of geography both at Under Graduate and Post Graduate levels. In order to make teaching-learning and knowledge creation a tune to local, regional, national and global environmental and developmental priorities the Department has launched a wide range of interdisciplinary and mountain-specific courses, such as Natural Resources Management; Integrated Mountain Development; Integrated Watershed Development; Urban Environmental Planning; Environmental Management and Sustainable Development; Agro-ecosystem Management; Rural Development and Planning; Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation; and Disaster Management during recent years. The emerging and frontiers are frontier areas of science and technology, such as Remote Sensing [RS], Geographic Information System [GIS] and Global Positioning System [GPS] constitute the core components of the academic curriculum of the Department. Both the Under Graduate and Post Graduate Programmes are Semester based, and equally open to the students of Arts as well as Science streams. The Department has been organizing online Short Term Course on Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in natural resource management, sponsored by Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO], Government of India under its 'Outreach Programme' since 2016.

Faculty Members of DSB Campus, Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email id / Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. D.C. Pandey Professor Regional Development, Agricultural geography, Environmental management, planning dcpandey1ntl@rediffmail.com 9412361958 Dr. D.C. Pandey View Profile
2 Dr. R. Chand Professor Himalayan environment and land use planning, socio-economic and demographic transformation raghubir.seri@gmail.com 9412983484 Dr. R. Chand View Profile
3 Dr. R.K. Pande Professor RS/GIS Applications, Geomorphology, Disaster Management ravindrapande@hotmail.com Dr. R.K. Pande View Profile
4 Dr. P.C. Tiwari Professor and Chairman Natural Resource ,watershed Management, climate change Food & livelihood Security, RS/GIS applications, Disaster management pctiwari@yahoo.com 9410941117 Dr. P.C. Tiwari View Profile
5 Dr. R.C. Joshi Professor Geomorphology & Application of remote sensing in geo-science joshircj@rediffmail.com 8958811453 Dr. R.C. Joshi View Profile
6 Dr. Anita Pande Professor Geomorphology & Environmental management AnitaPande@gmail.com 9411793991 Dr. Anita Pande View Profile
7 Dr. Manisha Tripathi Assistant professor Geomorphology, hydrology Watershed management, Resource Dynamics, Rs GIS manishatripathi.jnu@gmail.com 9411197183 Dr. Manisha Tripathi View Profile
8 Dr. Mohan Lal Assistant professor Sustainable development Agriculture geography Mohanl72@yahoo.com 9410162227 Dr. Mohan Lal View Profile
9 Mr. P.C. Chanyal Assistant Professor Remote Sensing & GIS Application, Geo-Spatial Technologies and Its Application on Natural Resources Management, Horticultural Practices & Agricultural Development in Himalaya, Soil and Water Resource Management, Environment and Climate Change Prakash_chanyal78@yahoo.com 9690659365 Mr. P.C. Chanyal View Profile